Scotland has over 540 golf courses to choose from including world famous championship golf courses such as The Old Course St Andrews, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Turnberry and Gleneagles. Visitors to the South East of Scotland will quickly realise that they are in the heart of golfing country.
There are many famous and historical courses in this region and the stretch of fabulous links golf courses to the east of Edinburgh attracts hoards of seaside loving golfers.
If you wish to take advantage of the fantastic golf courses available in the area, we have put together a Golf Guide with links to various websites to help you find a course to suit you, how to get there and how to book.
Courses you may want to try:
- St Andrews Links
St Andrews Links is the Home of Golf, where the game evolved and where the spirit and traditions of golf have been safeguarded for over six centuries.
A place of global importance, the Links is managed by St Andrews Links Trust. You can use their website to plan your golf trip, book tee-times, browse the online shop and discover more about the home of Golf.
The six courses at the Links are: Old Course, New Course, Jubilee Course, Eden Course, Strathtyrum Course and Balgrove Course. They are open to all, as is the golf practice centre and the two clubhouses.
The most popular and famous of the courses The Old Course has special conditions for bookings. A handicap of 24 for men and 36 for women is requested and a valid certificate or card is required as proof. Around 50% of all starting times over the year are put into the daily ballot (lottery) which is drawn every day for next day's play except Sunday - the Saturday draw is for Monday play. Success is not always guaranteed and chances vary according to the time of the year, how busy the course is and the weather. However, it is possible to book all 5 of the other courses in advance for 2006.
To make an advance reservation for next year you can contact the St Andrews Links Trust on Tel: +44 (0) 1334 466666 or visit the website.
- Gleneagles Hotel
Gleneagles Hotel is an hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh and is located in the heart of the Scottish Glen. It has 3 courses to choose from: PGA Centenary Course, King’s Course and the Queen’s Course, all of which are open to the public.
All 3 courses are available for booking in advance for 2006. To make an advance reservation you can call the Gleneagles Sales & Reservations Tel: 0800 389 3737 (UK Only) or toll free: 1 866-881-95205 (USA Only). Alternatively you can visit the Gleneagles website for further information and make an online reservation. Prices start at £115 per person on any of the 3 golf courses. All that is required at the time of booking is full payment with a valid credit card/debit card.
- Carnoustie Golf Links
Carnoustie Golf Links, home to the Open Championships, are located in the Scottish heartlands 1.5 hours drive north from Edinburgh along the East Coast. Refer to the Carnoustie Golf Links website for further details on the courses and how to book.
Turnberry is considered to be the finest golfing destination of all for thousands of players the world over. It is situated on the South West Coast of Scotland. Turnberry is approximately 2.25 hours drive from Edinburgh. For further information on the location, courses, tariffs and how to book visit the Turnberry website.
Courses have to booked at least 2 weeks in advance; however delegates should note it is often very busy during the spring and summer season so early booking is advised. Green fees for 2006 are £150 during the week for the Ailsa Course and £195 at the weekend. The Kintyre course is £120 a day, seven days a week.
- Royal Troon
Royal Troon is located on the West Coast of Scotland, approximately 35 miles south of Glasgow and 1.5 hours from Edinburgh. It has 3 courses: Old Course, Portland Course and the Par 3 Course. The Club operates various conditions on play including a handicap of 20 for men and 30 for ladies. Visitor Tee Times are also restricted on both courses to a set timetable. For further information and how to book visit the Royal Troon Golf Club website.
Further ideas on where to play golf in Scotland you may find the following websites useful: